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Fabricated quote from satire site falsely attributed to Vice President Kamala Harris

Screenshots of a headline from a satirical “news” website are being used out of context to spread outrage over a fabricated quote falsely attributed to Vice President Kamala Harris. Let’s take a look at the facts.

A tweet that says “Lolol! Oh no she didn’t, she has some nerve!” and includes a screenshot of a photo of Vice President Kamala Harris with a headline that reads “Kamala Harris Calls Unvaccinated ‘Dirty Trump People.’” The News Literacy Project has added a label that says “STOLEN SATIRE.”
Vice President Kamala Harris did not refer to unvaccinated people as “dirty Trump people.”
This is a fictional quote from an article published by Real Raw News, a satirical website with a disclaimer on its “About Us” page that says: “This website contains humor, parody, and satire.”

NewsLit takeaway

Outrageous quotes make for optimal viral content online — but they are often either misleading or inauthentic. In this case, a screenshot of an insulting but fictional quote satirically attributed to Harris circulated without an actual link or reference to the satire  website where it was originally published. Satire, particularly when published to resemble news reports, is often mistaken for actual news online — and at times is “stolen”with the intent to deceive others. Satirical “news” content is also sometimes plagiarized and republished without satire labels or disclaimers by clickbait websites seeking to convert outrage into quick clicks.

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